Phyllis Webstad, a member of the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation in British Columbia, was forced to attend St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School, as her relatives before her. She entered the school in 1973 wearing a brand new orange shirt which was immediately confiscated by the staff and replaced with a uniform. She never saw the shirt again, and began to associate the colour with the traumatic experiences in the school and the loss of language and cultural identity she suffered.
In 2013, Webstad transformed her negative experiences into something positive by creating a Nationally recognized Orange Shirt Day. Celebrated annually on September 30th, this day acknowledges the residential school system in Canada, honours those who survived, and remembers those who did not. It is a day to demonstrate, by wearing orange, that all students matter.
Orange Shirt Day has been marked in schools across Canada in a variety of ways, including Orange Ribbon campaigns, commemorative walks, and wearing orange shirts. Over 6,500 survivor statements have been collected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which concluded in 2016 after six years of research and testimonies. Senator Murray Sinclair has stated that “reconciliation must fall in the hands of Canadians, not solely with Indigenous peoples.” Ultimately, wearing orange shirts on 30 September is a visual reminder of our shared past as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada, and provides an opportunity for dialogue between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in shaping our shared future.
Commencement is Friday, October 7th
- 1:30 – Graduate Reception (sponsored by School (Parent) Council)
- 3:00 – Commencement
The undergraduate award assembly is Thursday, October 6th.
Congratulations to all !
October 13th is Red & Grey Day & Alumni Homecoming.
- Home Form events in the morning.
- Spirit Assembly
- A variety of games will be scheduled throughout the day.
- The senior football team plays at 2:00.
- Stay tuned for more game details…
- Alumni can view the outdoor games from the stands or from the comfort of the Staff Lounge on the second floor, room 229, where you can meet members of the NT Foundation, student athletes and current and retired staff. 1:00 – 5:30
- Light snacks and refreshments will be available.
- Self guided tours of the school: check out the glory boards, new trophy cases, alumni courtyard and new facilities.
- NTCI Alumni Class (year) Rep Workshop — 4:30 – 5:15
- The is a Post Game Reception at the Granite Brewery (southeast corner of Mt Pleasant and Eglinton with available underground parking!) from 5:30 – 8:00.
The Maddie Project is your choosen charity and your Student Council for 2016-7 is: